Miliband vows climate leadership


Published: Thursday 15th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Ed Miliband will promise to provide global leadership on tackling poverty and climate change if he wins the general election.

The Labour leader will insist that a commitment to the green agenda and a desire to reduce inequality are “at the heart of my beliefs”.

In a thinly-veiled swipe at David Cameron, Mr Miliband will say that his interest in the issues are not “part of a branding exercise” but were the reason he entered politics.

He will promise to use a series of major global summits after the May 7 general election to push for action to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 and reduce global net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

Mr Miliband will also reaffirm Labour’s commitment to decarbonising the UK’s electricity supply by 2030 and claim that “tackling climate change is the most important thing I can do in politics for my children’s generation”.

His speech, at an event organised by campaign group ONE, comes ahead of summits this year aimed at reaching global agreements on new sustainable development goals and measures to tackle climate change.

He will say that it is “unacceptable that more than one billion people still live on less than 1.25 US dollars a day – just 80 pence” and “o ur challenge must be to bring this number to zero by 2030”.

He will commit a Labour government to fight for “equal access to healthcare, and protect the rights of women, children and workers”, saying: “Inequality threatens to undo much of the progress of the past 20 years in making sure millions more people have food on the table, a decent education and health care. It is as unfair as it is uneven.

“So while the wealth of a powerful minority grows greater, the poorest get left behind.”

At the event in Queen’s Park, north west London, he will say: “More than ever Britain and the world need leadership on tackling poverty, inequality and climate change.

“With the right sustainable development goals, ours is the generation that can wipe out extreme poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change.”

His comments come at the launch of the global action/2015 campaign, which Mr Miliband said would ” make sure that governments and political parties listen to people’s hopes and dreams – to ensure our political ambition matches the scale of the challenge”.

The campaign is calling for progress at events including the G7 meeting in Germany, the UN General Assembly in New York, the Financing for Development meeting in Addis Ababa and the climate change conference in Paris.

The Labour leader will say: “In 2015, after the general election here, the countries of the world will come together to agree two plans.

“The first plan aims to eradicate poverty over the next 15 years. And the second will tackle climate change.

“These two plans affect all of us: everyone in this room, everyone across the world, and especially, everyone in your generation because they will help determine the world you will live in.

“They matter. And what the British government does at these conferences – what it does in your name – matters too.”

Mr Miliband has accused the Prime Minister in the past of “hugging a husky” while he was leader of the opposition seeking to reposition the Tory party only to then tell aides to “cut the green crap” after the election.

But the Labour leader, a former energy and climate change secretary, will insist he remains committed to the green agenda even if it is “not as fashionable” as it used to be.

He will say: ” I believe tackling climate change is the most important thing I can do in politics for my children’s generation. It demands leadership and resolve.

“So in Paris next year, a Labour government would be pushing for global targets for reducing carbon emissions that rise every five years with regular reviews towards the long-term goal of what the science now tells us is necessary – zero net global emissions in the latter half of this century.”

In an apparent attack on Mr Cameron h e will say: “I know tackling climate change, global poverty and inequality are not as fashionable as they once were. But I also know they are more important than ever.

“For me, they are not luxury items in our programme for change. They are not part of a branding exercise. They go to the heart of my beliefs and the reason why I entered politics.

“This is about ensuring the next generation can do better than the last in this country and around the world.”

Published: Thursday 15th January 2015 by The News Editor

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